I have read many articles, blogs and stories about the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and have decided to keep this short. Not out of disrespect or laziness, but because I believe that how we remember and honor those 343 and the firefighters who have passed since from working on the "pile" should be shown daily in our actions.
I ask that you honor those brave firefighters everyday by being a real firefighter every day. The following is a list that I have come up with to honor their memory daily.
Have pride in your job and profession.
Treat your citizens the way they expect to be treated.
Master your craft. You must train yourself and those with you.
Plan, expect and prepare for fire.
Be a mentor, coach and a leader. Not in your words but in your actions.
Be in engaged and active in your profession.
Ask yourself everyday, "How am I making a difference?"
Be a Brother. Don't just say it, BE one. Actions speak louder than words.
Finally, keep all those firefighters and families in your prayers daily. Live your life and career in a manner that would honor all of the brave men that lost their lives that day trying to save others.
I pledge to do these things to remember and honor the Fallen 343 everyday.
God Bless all of our firefighters,